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Family: Man killed in crash never got air bag recall notice

Sep. 23, 2022 13:58 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — When Florida Highway Patrol troopers arrived at a crash scene in the Panhandle this summer, they found a 23-year-old Navy officer dead at the wheel with neck wounds that initially looked like a possible shooting. A trooper later messaged the U.S....

Prosecutors drop some charges in Florida nursing home deaths

Sep. 22, 2022 14:25 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors dropped manslaughter charges Thursday against three nurses who were present when 12 nursing home patients suffered fatal overheating five years ago after Hurricane Irma knocked out power to their facility's air conditioning. The Broward...

Judge in Florida school shooter case refuses to step down

Sep. 19, 2022 15:39 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The judge overseeing the penalty trial of Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz refused to step down Monday, rejecting a motion by his attorneys who accused her of being biased against their client and prejudicing the jurors who will decide if he should die for...

Defense seeks judge's removal in Florida school shooter case

Sep. 16, 2022 21:04 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Attorneys for Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz asked for the judge in his murder case to remove herself on Friday, two days after she scolded them when they abruptly rested their case after calling only a fraction of their expected witnesses. The...

Sheriff: Deputy charged in off-duty DUI crash in patrol car

Sep. 14, 2022 17:43 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A South Florida deputy has been charged with crashing his unmarked patrol vehicle while off duty and under the influence of alcohol, officials said. The Broward County deputy was arrested Tuesday at the county's public safety building and charged with...

Board: Florida sheriff maybe lied about killing in his teens

Sep. 14, 2022 17:14 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A major Florida sheriff who was appointed by Gov. Ron DeSantis after a high school massacre appears to have lied when he didn't disclose in his job application that he fatally shot another teenager when he was 14 and that he had used LSD, the state ethics commission...

Defense suddenly rests case in Florida school shooter trial

Sep. 14, 2022 14:09 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Attorneys for Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz suddenly and surprisingly rested their case Wednesday after calling only a fraction of their expected witnesses, leading to a shouting match after the judge accused them of a lack of professionalism. ...

Expert: School shooter's mother drank heavily in pregnancy

Sep. 13, 2022 15:46 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — One of the nation’s leading fetal alcohol researchers testified Tuesday that Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz’s birth mother drank more during her pregnancy than any woman he’s ever seen documented. Dr. Kenneth Jones said medical and other...

Psychologist: School shooter suffered fetal alcohol damage

Sep. 12, 2022 16:42 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Attorneys for Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz began building their argument Monday that his birth mother's alcohol abuse left him with severe behavioral problems that eventually led to his 2018 murder of 17 people at Parkland's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High...

Testimony: School shooter's home ruled by chaos

Sep. 12, 2022 07:13 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Chaos reigned in the home where Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz grew up, testimony in his ongoing penalty trial has shown. He and his half-brother Zachary tormented their adoptive, widowed mother, Lynda. By the time Cruz reached middle school in the...